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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 2-8, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 9, 2013

With a capacity of 6,682.4 acre-feet, Miramar Reservoir (and adjacent water treatment plant) serves residents in the northern portion of the city.

With a capacity of 6,682.4 acre-feet, Miramar Reservoir (and adjacent water treatment plant) serves residents in the northern portion of the city.

Another view of Miramar Reservoir. Click images to enlarge.

Another view of Miramar Reservoir. Click images to enlarge.

 

There will probably be more news this week about the proposed San Diego water rate increase to be considered on Tuesday September 10 by the City Council. This topic was covered in some detail here in early August. Here’s the link to that background report.

 


San Diego Council to consider raising water rates / KPBS : “A proposal by the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department to raise water rates more than 7 percent in each of the next two years is scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday…”

City of San Diego proposes water rate hike / Fox5 San Diego : “A proposal by the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department to raise water rates more than 7 percent in each of the next two years is scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday…”

Court sets March trial date for Water Authority’s public records lawsuit against Riverside County water agency / San Diego County Water Authority : “A Superior Court judge has set March 5, 2014, as the trial date for the San Diego County Water Authority’s lawsuit seeking records about a covert public relations campaign in San Diego County run by the Eastern Municipal Water District on behalf of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies…”

Helix Water to hold workshop Sept. 13 on future of Lake Jennings / East County Magazine : “Four years ago, Helix Water District took back management of Lake Jennings from the County. But now the board is weighing options to reduce its operating costs or raise revenues generated by the 9,700 acre reservoir in Lakeside. Those options include closing the lake, offering a long-term lease to a neighboring district, or privatizing the lake’s facilities…”

Environmental Protection Agency appoints Witkowski to National Council / San Diego Coastkeeper : “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its appointment of Jill Witkowski, San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper, to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council…”

Preparing for the possibility of a dry 2014 / California Department of Water Resources : “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is sponsoring events throughout the fall in preparation for the possibility that water year 2014 could be a third consecutive dry year. Scheduled upcoming events…September 24, San Diego…”

IID may lower municipal water rates / Imperial Valley Press : “Imperial Irrigation District staff are examining why the district charges Valley cities more than three times more for water than it charges Valley farmers…”

IID’s use of water being questioned / Imperial Valley Press : “A letter from Southern Nevada Water Authority to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service questions whether the IID’s delivery of water to the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is permissible under federal law…”

County supervisor looking to use recycled water in Rancho Santa Fe / 10News : “One county supervisor is pushing for an affluent community to do more to save the world’s most precious resource: water. Supervisor Dave Roberts…wants to use recycled water for landscaping at homes, specifically in Rancho Santa Fe, which has a high usage of urban water…”

San Elijo Joint Powers Authority announces completion of stormwater recapture and waste water purification system / San Elijo Joint Powers Authority : “The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority (SEJPA) has completed construction of its Advanced Water Treatment System at the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility (SEWRF)…”

Time for wastewater turned tap water? / U-T San Diego : “After suffering years of budget cutbacks because of a pension crisis, San Diego now faces a bigger financial challenge: how to deal with a sewage project that could cost even more money — up to $3.5 billion once interest is included…”

New San Elijo Elementary School well / San Elijo Life : “Have you ever noticed the steady flow of water along the back gate of San Elijo Elementary School (SEES)? Last year they discovered a natural spring on site. This occurred during the construction for the new building on campus in addition a geyser of water just shot up from the ground one early morning…”

 

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